Hugh Winkler holding forth on computing and the Web

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Reverse Spam

This isn't a new phenomenon but it's happening ten times more frequently to me this week: I am receiving bounced mail notifications from mail I never sent. I funnel all mail sent to my domain, no matter the recipient, to my main account.

Spammers send mail all over the planet using random domain names and generated account names. As spam filters get better, they are bouncing these messages. But they are bouncing them back to me. So I'm getting other people's spam!

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